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Succession planning is a crucial process for schools and trusts, yet it’s often overlooked until a key staff member is unexpectedly absent, leading to a scramble to fill their role. In this article, we’ll explore what succession planning is and how it can benefit educational institutions.


What is succession planning?

Succession planning involves identifying and developing employees who have the potential to fill key leadership positions within an organization. This can help ensure that the school or trust is well-positioned for the future, with capable leaders in place to carry out the institution’s vision and strategy.


Who is succession planning for?

It’s important to note that succession planning isn’t just about classroom teachers or TAs, but also includes support staff who are crucial to the smooth running of the school. Roles like exams officers, attendance officers, and pastoral support staff should also be considered in the succession planning process.


Why is it important?

Having a succession planning policy in place can help embed the process within the school and gain buy-in from everyone involved. It should ensure effective staffing throughout the school and provide career development opportunities for staff members. Candidates will be more likely to apply for jobs with schools that have succession planning in place, knowing that they have opportunities for career growth.


How can Scomis help?

With a wealth of experience in staff members who have worked in schools, Scomis are well placed to help schools and trusts because we understand the roles and responsibilities of what’s required to perform key functions of managing the schools and day-to-day running.


Succession planning is an essential process that should not be overlooked by schools and trusts. By having a plan in place, institutions can ensure they are well-positioned for the future and have capable leaders to carry out their vision and strategy. With the help of Scomis, the process can be made easier and more effective.